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40 Under 40 Honoree: Craig Downing, MBA – 35

VP & General Manager, Sage Software, Pleasanton, CA

Education – MBA, St. Mary’s College; BS Business
Economics, Brock University
Family – Wife Mary Rose
Hobbies & Interests – Blacksmithing and scuba diving.
Professional Affiliations – AMA, SVPMA.

What peers, clients and friends say about Craig:
Craig is a technologist, passionate about empowering small businesses around
the globe with business management solutions that enable them to compete with
their largest of rivals.

What technology or business process does Craig see affecting the tax
and accounting profession in the next five years?

“I anticipate a significant shift that allows companies to use the Internet
as a more interactive medium for commerce, inter-business communication, and
corporate management. Vendors, customers and mobile staff will see their physical
location become increasing irrelevant, as we are able to allocate business processes
as effectively across the globe as effectively as across the hall. This same
infrastructure can serve to dramatically reduce the complexity of managing our
taxation, reporting, and compliance burdens.”

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